Columbus police have arrested six people in connection with an alleged counterfeiting operation at a Days Inn.
Patrol officers were called out to the Days Inn on Macon Road on Sunday concerning counterfeit money. When they arrived, two employees of the Viva El Torro Restaurant on Macon Road told them that a man had passed a counterfeit bill. When they tried to stop him, he ran across the street to the Days Inn into Room 210.
Officers went to the room and knocked on the door for several minutes before a man and a woman came to the door. Witnesses said the man was not the same one who ran across the street.
When officers asked if anyone else was in the room, the man and the woman said no. But one of the officers noticed one of the beds in the room moving and called for the person to come out. Another man stood up. He fit the description of the suspect and was taken into custody.
Officers noticed several twenty dollar bills on the floor where the suspect had been lying. There was also a copy machine in the room, police said.
Investigators obtained a search warrant. Due to the amount of counterfeit money in the room, the United States Secret Service was also notified.
Investigators found two rifles, some drug-related objects and a drug smoking pipe during the search.
Police arrested and charged 22-year-old Mark Dakota Webster, 18-year-old Devin Nicole Eiland and 18-year-old Travis Alan Reeves with four counts of second degree forgery, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act Schedule II Methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Webster was also charged with two additional counts of second-degree forgery and one count of first-degree forgery.
While searching the motel room officers were advised that some individuals may be coming to the Days Inn and might be armed.
Officers stopped two cars that pulled into the lot a short time later and found five individuals inside, in possession of a small amount of marijuana, Xanex pills, a pistol and some counterfeit money.
Police arrested and charged March Allen Wray, 21, with three counts of second-degree forgery and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Akahime Jordan, 18, was also arrested and charged with four counts of second-degree forgery, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act Schedule VI Xanex and possession of drug related objects.
These case is still under investigation by the Financial Crimes Unit of the Police Department with assistance of the United States Secret Service.